“Direction – not Intention-determines our Destination”. I had the opportunity to read and review this book titled “The Principle of the Path” by Andy Stanley. In this book Andy writes in detail about “How to get from where you are to where you want to be”. Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author and the founder of North Point Ministries Inc. North Point Community church is located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Andy also authored many other good books.
The direction that you are currently traveling – relationally, financially, spiritually and the list goes on and on, will determine where you end up in life in each of the respective areas. This is true regardless of your wishes or your wants. Your current direction will determine your destination. And like every principle you can leverage this to your advantage or ignore it to your disadvantage. Just as there are paths that have lead us to places we never intended to be, there are paths that lead us away from those places as well.
Andy describes various scenarios with examples across the ten chapters in this book. He quotes various Biblical examples in these chapters. In one of the chapters titled “The Great Disconnect” Andy illustrates how this principle applies based on Proverbs chapter 7, where King Solomon described an encounter that he witnessed from the vantage point of his upstairs window. Andy writes this story provides an extraordinary insight into peoples tendencies to disconnect direction from destination. “Attention determines direction.”
In another chapter titled “Should’ve have seen that coming” he writes about Proverbs 27:12 “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer from it.”This verse introduces us to two kinds of persons, the prudent and the simple. Both are headed down the same path, both see “danger” and they react differently and consequently they experience two different outcomes.
In another chapter he talks about the decisions people make and how these decisions ends them up in a mess.
In the chapter titled “The heart of the matter”, he writes if people don’t come up with a good justification for their financial decisions and just ask the guy or gal behind the counter or the other end of the telephone. Some will always help out, but most of the times people don’t need outside help. In the later chapters he writes in detail about King David and on his decision in not to take advantage and take the life of King Saul. Andy encourages us to apply these questions to every option that comes our way. 1. Does this option violate God’s law? 2. Does this option violate a principle?
The entire book was written around the premises that our direction, not our intention determines our destination. What gets our attention determines our direction and, ultimately our destination. In short “Attention determines direction”.
This book is a great read with some wonderful insights and examples from the Bible as well as Andy’s personal life. There is a study guide at the end of the book for every chapter and the study guide provides additional questions for personal application. This book can also be a good resource for a group study. I strongly recommend this book and give it a 5 star rating.
Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of “The Principle of the Path” by Andy Stanley to review. Opinions expressed are my own and not those of Thomas Nelson.